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The Spare Room - Helen Garner

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Published: 7th May 2009
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Helen has little idea what lies ahead when she offers her spare room to an old friend of fifteen years.

Nicola has arrived in the city for treatment for cancer. Sceptical of the medical establishment, placing all her faith in an alternative health centre, Nicola is determined to find her own way to deal with her illness, regardless of the advice that Helen can offer.

In the weeks that follow, Nicola's battle against her cancer will turn not only her own life upside down but also those of everyone around her.

'Swift, beautiful, and relentless, The Spare Room is a brutal novel in the best sense' Alice Sebold

About the Author

Born in 1942, Helen Garner lives in Australia. She has written both fiction and non-fiction, and also journalism, and her writing has been nominated for and won many awards. This is her first novel for fifteen years.

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    'The Spare Room is a perfect novel, imbued with all Garner's usual clear-eyed grace but with some other magnificent dimension that hides between the lines of her simple conversational voice. How is it that she can enter this heart-breaking territory - the dying friend who comes to stay - and make it not only bearable, but glorious, and funny? There is no answer except: Helen Garner is a great writer; The Spare Room is a great book.' Peter Carey

    Helen Garner

    Helen Garner was born in Geelong in 1942. She has published many works of fiction including Monkey Grip, Cosmo Cosmolino and The Children's Bach. Her fiction has won numerous awards. She is also one of Australia's most respected non-fiction writers, and received a Walkley Award for journalism in 1993.

    Her most recent books are The First Stone, True Stories, My Hard Heart, The Feel of Stone and Joe Cinque's Consolation. In 2006 she won the Melbourne Prize for Literature. She lives in Melbourne.

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    ISBN: 9781847672674
    ISBN-10: 1847672671
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 195
    Published: 7th May 2009
    Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 1.4
    Weight (kg): 0.142